However, here’s a brief description of the fascinating Domaine Tempier I had recently.
Tempier is in the Bandol appellation – a subregion of Provence between Marseille and Toulon. Bandol wines are generally dominated by Mourvèdre (at least 50% by law, though typically a lot higher) which creates dark, brooding, intense wines.
This wine, Domaine Tempier 1992, was indeed brooding and intense; however, I was surprised at how light the wine was in the glass – a fairly transparent purple, with a long gradient sliding to ruby. The nose was very concentrated and incredibly restless: the aromas shifted with every intake of breath, and stewed plums, violets, licorice, caramel, cumin and malt all made an appearance.
On the palate I was struck by the soft but on-coming, engaging tannins – they took an age to fade away. The body was surprisingly light and the alcohol only registering as ‘medium’; the bottle stated 13% – I feel that more recent vintages would be wearing a lot more alcoholic heat. While the nose really sang for me, the palate was still pleasant and engaging. The wine had a long, savoury finish.
All in all a very surprising wine, and delightfully so!